The Textuality of Old English Poetry

The Textuality of Old English Poetry

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The modern reader knows Old English poetry as a discrete number of poems, set up and printed in units punctuated as modern sentences, and with titles inserted by modern editors. Carol Braun Pasternack constructs a reading of the poetry that takes into account the format of the verse as it exists in the manuscripts. In a detailed analysis, which takes up issues current in poststructuralist theory, she argues that the idea of qverse sequencesq should replace the qpoemq and qimplied traditionq should replace the idea of qthe authorq.As Thomas Cable describes the verse form: a#39;Old English meter is alliterative- syllabic, each verse containing four positions. ... A handy mnemonic given by B. Mitchell in B. Mitchell and F. C. Robinson, A Guide to Old English, 4th ed. (Oxford anbsp;...

Title:The Textuality of Old English Poetry
Author:Carol Braun Pasternack
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1995-07-20


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